Action Design Research Workshop

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Schedule and location

Thu October 10th 9.00 am - 6.00 pm, C331 The Main Building Aalto University School of Business (Runeberginkatu 14-16).

Fri October 11th 9.00 am - 2.00 pm, A401 The Main Building Aalto University School of Business (Runeberginkatu 14-16)


Professor Maung Sein, University of Agder, Norway
Professor Matti Rossi, Aalto University School of Business, Finland.

Organizer: Professor Virpi Tuunainen


This two-day workshop aims at providing researchers engaging in design research in organizations with hands-on guidance on using Action Design Research in their own projects. ADR is recognized now as a way of doing constructive research in close co-operation between practitioners and researchers. The method is based on the recognition that IS research always has a dual mission, namely to (a) add to existing theory, and (b) to produce knowledge to support IS practitioners in solving current and anticipated problems. We can achieve this by promoting research which is based on existing problems in practical settings, aimed at improving the practice and solving problems through designing and implementing IT artifacts.

The main part of the workshop will be devoted to the cultivation of research ideas and projects of the workshop participants. Participants will engage in dialogue with each other and share their experiences and challenges in using this approach. Participants are required to send in a brief description of the projects they wish to develop and/or discuss at the workshop.

The workshop will consist of the following parts:

Part 1: ADR lectures (engaging practitioners, BIE cycles, theorizing etc.)
Part 2: Workshop and project clinic
Part 3: Debates and discussions on interweaving research and practice


Thursday 10.10.

Time                  Topic                                                                 Facilitator

09:00 – 09:30    Introduction to the workshop, practical details   Matti
09:30 – 10:30    Intro to Action Design Research                        Maung
10:30 – 10:45    Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00    Presentations of exemplar projects                   Matti
12:00 – 13:15    Lunch*
13:15 – 14:30    Workshop part 1:
                          Setting up groups and tasks, start working        Maung
14:30 – 15:00    Coffee break
15:00 – 16:00    Workshop part 2:
                          Presenting own projects within groups
16:30 – 17:30    ADR Reflection at pub Vastarannan Kiiski
18:00 ->             Get together dinner at own expense   
                          We will provide a list of places nearby and some
                          of the local students will help

Friday 11.10.

Time                  Topic                                                            Facilitator

09:00 – 10:00    Outputs of ADR: design theorizing               Matti
10:00 – 10:15    Coffee break
10:15 – 12:00    Workshop part 3: Project presentations
12:00 – 13:00    Lunch*
13:00 – 14:00    Ask it basket anwers:Wrap-up

* Lunch can be bought at own expense from Restaurant Rafla

Required reading:
Sein, M.K., O. Henfridsson, S. Purao, M. Rossi, R. Lindgren. 2011. Action Design Research. MIS Quarterly 35(1) 37-56.

Background reading:

Gregor, S. & Hevner, A. R. 2013. Positioning and Presenting Design Science Research for Maximum Impact. MIS Quarterly, 37(4), 337-355.

Hevner, A. R., March, S. T., Park, J. & Ram, S. 2004. Design Science In Information Systems Research. MIS Quarterly, 28(1), 75-105.

Jones, D. and Gregor, S. 2007. The Anatomy of a Design Theory, Journal of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 8: Iss. 5, Article 19.


Session 1

Theme: Initialising a project

Organize the workgroup:
  • assign someone to do a write-up
  • prepare to present the write-up in the end shortly

Preparation of a project:

  • What are the key tasks and critical issues?
  • Experiences of problems and what went well (or is going well)?
  • Good practises
  • Potential crises
  • How to compose the project group?
  • How to get the commitment from the client?
  • What is the promise for the client?

Session 2

Theme: BIE, evaluation and theorizing about the project 

  • Which kind of BIE you are doing?
  • Outline what kind of artefact, intervention and evaluation you expect to do
  • What do you expect as a result from the project?
  • Resulting artefact?
  • Theoretical contribution?
  • What are the design principles that emerge (or will emerge)?
  • How are you going to report the results
  • To client
  • To scientific audience
Session 3

Short presentations of projects and lessons learned by the teams

  • 5 minute summary of each project that you have defined
  • 5 minutes for key lessons learned from groups


This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD-students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.


Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain credit points. This requires participating on both days and return the assigned plan to by 15th of October. Add at least 5 in your view important ADR related references.

ADR Intro Inforte 10102013

ADR Theorizing and evaluation Inforte 11102913